Andrew McGinley on RTÉ One’s Prime Time last May
RTÉ has defended its decision to drop grieving father Andrew McGinley from The Late Late Show after receiving correspondence from members of killer Deirdre Morley’s family.
The father-of-three was due to appear on the primetime TV show on October 8 to announce plans for a fundraising concert in his children’s memory.
However, just hours before the show was to air, he announced he would not be appearing.
Yesterday, Independent.ie revealed the national broadcaster told Mr McGinley it had received a letter which said that “it could be a painful and traumatic experience” to see him talking about Conor, Darragh and Carla on The Late Late Show.
Via RTE news:
Mr McGinley, speaking to RTÉ’s News At One, said he “honestly cannot understand” how the launch of a charity and a colouring competition could be seen as being sensitive material.
“I wouldn’t have talked about anything painful and I would have hoped the Late Late Show, being an entertainment show, wouldn’t have intended to speak about anything that would have caused distress or pain,” he added.
“I honestly don’t understand that,” said Mr McGinley.
“For me, I was being invited on for what I intended … because I’m tired of grief-filled conversations.
“I just want to keep the children’s memory alive with love and for me I was coming on to have a loved filled conversation about Conor, Carla and Darragh.”
They couldn’t even be bothered to get your name right in the third paragraph.
— Mary Cosgrove (@MaryCosg) November 24, 2021